Chiropractic care is a drug-free, non-invasive approach to overall wellness and healing that focuses on correcting issues with your musculoskeletal system. When performed by a licensed chiropractor, it can alleviate and even eliminate common problems such as:
To treat your conditions and help reduce your pain, chiropractors use time-tested, hands-on techniques to adjust your spine, neck, back, and other joints throughout your body to restore proper function, mobility, and alignment. Once your body is in proper alignment, it functions optimally, leading to improved overall wellness and health.
Unlike some sports rehab clinics in The Garden State, chiropractors from NJ Sports Spine & Wellness work with you one-on-one to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific goals and needs relating to your pain and ability to live a normal life. Because our team takes a holistic approach to healthcare, we cover all aspects of your health and wellness when developing your chiropractic treatment plan. That way, we increase your chances of living a fulfilling life free of pain and worry about throwing your back out.
Seeing a chiropractor can quite literally change your life for the better. According to the American Chiropractic Association, in general, chiropractic therapy is a more effective solution for back pain than other treatments like addictive pain pills, surgeries, and yoga. When combined with services like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and acupuncture, chiropractic care may be the key you need to open the door to a pain-free life.Shedule An Appointment
Some of the many benefits of seeing a reliable, licensed chiropractor include the following:
Perhaps the most obvious reason to make an appointment with a chiropractor is for back pain relief. Some people only need to see a chiropractor when they have occasional back pain, such as when they wake up in the morning. Others, such as those who have been in serious car accidents, need regular chiropractic adjustments and therapies, which are often supplemented with techniques like physical therapy and acupuncture.
There are many causes of back pain that range from advanced conditions like having sciatica and herniated discs to everyday issues like poor posture and sleeping in a harmful position. Your chiropractor's job is to pinpoint the cause(s) of your back pain and build a customized plan to address your musculoskeletal conditions. Once that happens, pain relief follows shortly after.
At New Jersey Sports Spine & Wellness, we craft personalized chiropractic plans for every patient we treat, with the goal of avoiding harmful surgeries and addictive medicines.
If you've never experienced a headache in your life, you're exceedingly rare. Just about every American will suffer from a headache at some point or another. For some, headaches only happen occasionally and are not much more than an annoyance. For others, headaches evolve into crippling migraines that can affect quality of life, ability to work, and much more.
If you find yourself digging into a bottle of Aspirin or something stronger when you have a headache, it might be time to visit an NJSSW chiropractor.
Do you wake up in the morning feeling like you didn't sleep a wink the previous night? Do you have to take sleep aides like Ambien in order to drift off to dreamland? If you have chronic back pain, getting a full night's rest is easier said than done. From misaligned spines to improper sleeping posture, your chiropractor in Wall can use manipulation therapy and other techniques to boost blood flow and align your vertebrae, so your body can heal itself and help you rest better.
One of the best things about seeing your chiropractor is that when your session is over, you often feel great. The pain relief feels phenomenal. When you're not in pain, you have a more positive outlook on life, and often enjoy better sleep, blood pressure, and even sexual relations. It makes sense, then, that chiropractic care has been shown to help reduce stress and anxiety, which promotes relaxation and improved mental health.
At NJ Sports Spine & Wellness, we work with a long list of athletes who suffer from sports injuries and other problems that can manifest from being active. For professional athletes, having a trustworthy chiropractor to care for them is needed for their careers. But you don't have to be a pro athlete to benefit from chiropractic care. Ordinary people that enjoy active lifestyles can reap tremendous rewards through chiropractic care, such as improved range of motion and relief from compressed discs.
Whether you enjoy impromptu games of tag football or simply want to play with your kids, seeing a chiropractor can help you be healthy and active without fighting back, neck, and joint pain. That's especially true when chiropractic therapy is used in conjunction with acupuncture, physical therapy, or occupational therapy.ies and addictive medicines.
Your NJ Sports Spine & Wellness chiropractor in Wall may use a range of techniques to restore function and alignment in your body. Some of the most common techniques our chiropractors use include:
Life has a habit of being unexpected. Sure, some surprises only hurt your bank account, like last-minute renovations in your home. But severe incidents, like car accidents, can inflict physical injuries that cause you long-term pain. These problems, like neck and back injuries, affect many Americans daily. Even worse, many hardworking people turn to risky surgeries and addictive pain medications, only to find themselves deep in a hole that seems impossible to get out of.
If you suffer from serious range-of-motion issues or you're in chronic pain, it's important to know that you have treatment choices. You don't have to put your health at risk to relieve your pain. One of the most successful non-invasive treatments offered for pain is physical therapy. The main goal of physical therapy is to restore movement and function to patients affected by illness, injury, or disability.
Physical therapists work with patients of all ages and abilities, from children to elderly adults, to help them overcome physical limitations and improve their quality of life. At NJ Sports Spine & Wellness, our physical therapists help treat a wide range of conditions, from neck pain and spinal cord injuries to back pain and arthritis.
Once our PTs have made headway, they will often use our chiropractic therapy to provide the patient with more relief. Having the option of both chiropractic and physical therapy is often very effective, because your chiropractor in Wall can address nerve irritation and joint dysfunction while your physical therapist helps retrain your musculoskeletal system, allowing your body to heal faster.
Some of the biggest benefits of using physical therapy along with chiropractic care include:
Occupational therapy, or OT, is to help patients of all ages and abilities engage in activities of daily living, or ADL. Often, that means helping patients reclaim the ability to continue working, going to school, accomplishing day-to-day tasks, or other activities common to daily living.
Occupational therapy can benefit individuals going through many conditions, such as traumatic brain injuries, strokes, spinal cord injuries, autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays, and chronic pain. The end goal of occupational therapy is to help patients achieve the maximum level of independence and participation in their daily lives. If pain, discomfort, weakness, fatigue, or fear prevent you from participating in activities you love, an OT from NJ Sports Spine & Wellness could become the MVP of your wellness journey.
To give our patients the most complete pain relief and recovery options, our doctors and practitioners will often lean on the expertise of both a physical therapist and a chiropractor in Wall. By working together, your PT, OT, and chiropractor can provide you with a comprehensive approach to total-body functionality, from your spine and joints to your mind and range of motion.
Some of the most common benefits of using OT with chiropractic care include:
Acupuncture boosts your body's functions and helps improve its ability to heal through anatomic site stimulation - usually called acupuncture points or acupoints. To stimulate these points, acupuncturists at NJ Sports Spine & Wellness insert fine, sterile needles into your skin. Most patients don't feel any pain as needles are applied. Typically, needles are left in the skin up to 30 minutes. After your session, it's normal to feel incredibly relaxed.
While some practitioners still adhere to traditional philosophies, modern acupuncturists take an integrative approach to the therapy. Today, professional acupuncturists use these techniques to stimulate your body's natural healing and pain-fighting processes. When coupled with personalized care from a chiropractor in Wall as well as physical or occupational therapy, you can find real relief from the physical and emotional roadblocks holding you back. Some of the most reported benefits of acupuncture treatment include:
During an acupuncture session, you may feel a slight sensation of warmth or tingling at the needle's site of insertion. Generally speaking, acupuncture is painless and perfectly safe for you to consider. In fact, many practitioners and doctors recommend combining acupuncture with other treatment options like chiropractic adjustments.
Though acupuncture and chiropractic therapies come from different origins, both include non-invasive, holistic, and gentle approaches that don't require drugs to work. They also both facilitate total-body healing by addressing the underlying causes of your symptoms - not just the symptoms themselves.
Because acupuncture is known to release endorphins and improve blood flow, having a session prior to a chiropractic adjustment can be very beneficial. That's because, after acupuncture, your muscles are less stiff, more relaxed, and easier to adjust effectively. Over time, as you combine acupuncture and chiropractic therapy, you'll benefit from less inflammation and less pain as you heal from injuries or musculoskeletal conditions. That same truth applies to patients who undergo serious chiropractic adjustments.
At NJ Sports Spine & Wellness, our staff consists of licensed and highly-trained professionals, including specialists focusing on:
Every member of our team believes that the path to wellness and a pain-free life begins with customized treatment plans that cater to your needs and body. Unlike some chiropractors in Wall, we do not treat on-the-surface symptoms with one-size-fits-all therapies. We do not rely on powerful pain medications to mask your pain or invasive surgeries that require weeks of recovery. Instead, we address the root causes of your pain so that we can help you live the happy, healthy life you're craving.
To achieve that goal, we'll conduct an in-depth evaluation to learn about your medical history. We'll also perform diagnostic tests and speak with you one-on-one to get a better sense of your needs. From there, we'll recommend the therapies that can give you a new lease on life and be there for every milestone you hit.
If you're fed up of living with the limits of pain and lack of mobility, we're here to help you break free. Contact our office today to get started.
WALL, NJ — Parents of a Central Elementary School student, 11, who allege she was "forcibly" placed in a closet during a music class in 2022, are suing the the Wall Board of Education, her music teacher and another music teacher.The incident involving the fourth-grade girl took place April 8, 2022, when, the suit alleges, the student's instrumental music class teacher isolated her in a drum closet for two to three minutes because she was "allegedly laughing," said attorney Austin Tobin, representing the famil...
WALL, NJ — Parents of a Central Elementary School student, 11, who allege she was "forcibly" placed in a closet during a music class in 2022, are suing the the Wall Board of Education, her music teacher and another music teacher.
The incident involving the fourth-grade girl took place April 8, 2022, when, the suit alleges, the student's instrumental music class teacher isolated her in a drum closet for two to three minutes because she was "allegedly laughing," said attorney Austin Tobin, representing the family and the student.
Edward and Azuree Albanese, parents of the student, are suing the Wall Board of Education and teacher Jessica Berube and another teacher, Adrienne Foutz, according to the complaint filed Oct. 13.
“The allegations are very disturbing. As alleged in the complaint, Mr. and Mrs. Albanese’s 11-year-old daughter was traumatized by blatantly negligent conduct on the part of defendants on April 8, 2022 simply because she was allegedly laughing in class," Tobin said Monday.
"Suffice to say, no parent would approve of such horrendous treatment of one of its students. We stand shoulder to shoulder with our clients in exposing this outrageous and unlawful behavior,” he said in commenting on the lawsuit.
Tobin said the parents were never notified of the incident and learned about it a day later from another parent at a school sporting event.
Additionally, the incident made the girl feel bullied, as she was mocked by another student as "closet girl." She has also been anxious about returning to school, according to the lawsuit.
"School is a place for students to not only learn an academic curriculum, but should also serve as an environment for children to cultivate confidence and engage in meaningful social interaction. It is therefore incumbent upon teachers, administrators, and staff to facilitate a positive and inclusive social setting where students feel safe at all times," the suit sets forth.
Tobin said that, in this case, the Wall administration and teachers "completely and utterly abdicated these responsibilities."
The suit alleges that the board "has still, to this day, failed to (1) conduct an appropriate investigation into the April 8, 2022 incident or (2) take any meaningful remedial action with respect to same."
The suit alleges these incidents:
According to the suit, the parents of the student were never contacted directly by a school employee at any point in time on April 8, 2022, or after to advise that the incident took place.
"In fact, (the) parents only became aware of same the following day at a softball game at which time they were informed of same from a parent whose child was in (the) class."
According to the complaint, after learning of the April 8, 2022 incident, Mrs. Albanese complained to the principal of Central Elementary School, Jill Antoniello via email and telephone on April 9, 2022. At that time, Antoniello stated that Foutz had denied that the girl was put in the closet in Berube’s classroom.
Albanese also informed her daughter's 4th-grade teacher of the incident and told her that it had been difficult to convince the girl to return to school due to the aftermath of the incident.
The suit also recounts the emotional reaction of the student after the incident:
After the incident, the girl "was continuously humiliated and embarrassed at school, as students constantly asked (her) if she was, in fact, put inside the classroom closet. As a result, the girl experienced "a mental health crisis at school on May 10, 2022, necessitating immediate intervention by the school guidance counselor, Lauren Young," according to the lawsuit. The suit did not specify the nature of the crisis.
The girl "continues to experience severe emotional distress and trauma as a result of the April 8, 2022 incident. She experiences periods of anxiousness, has no longer wanted to attend Central Elementary School for periods of time, and exhibits diminished self-esteem and symptoms of depression," the suit says.
The suit says that the school and teachers involved "were, clearly and unequivocally, grossly negligent and reckless in permitting (the student) to be subjected to such unlawful conduct. Fortunately, New Jersey law provides redress for victims of such conduct."
Tobin said neither he nor the parents have had a response or legal answer on the matter from the district. The district, as a public entity, was given notice of the complaint, as required by law, six months before the filing of the suit, he noted.
The district did not immediately respond to Patch with a response.
Tobin is an attorney with McOmber McOmber & Luber, with several offices, including one in Red Bank.
Wall High School is searching for a new leader, more than a year after its principal was placed on an unexplained administrative leave.The search for a new principal appears to confirm former principal Rosaleen Sirchio...
Wall High School is searching for a new leader, more than a year after its principal was placed on an unexplained administrative leave.
The search for a new principal appears to confirm former principal Rosaleen Sirchio, who has been on paid leave since April 2021, will not be reinstated. The reason for Sirchio’s absence was never publicly disclosed by officials in the Monmouth County school district.
When reached on the phone, Sirchio said she could not comment.
Wall Township Board of Education President Christine Steitz said Monday the district posted an opening for the position of principal for the Wall High School.
“The Board of Education places great trust in the members of the interview panels and looks forward to securing an outstanding candidate for the position,” Steitz said.
She referred additional questions about the interview process and possible timeline for hiring to Wall Superintendent Tracy Handerhan.
Handerhan did not respond Wednesday to requests for comment.
The job advertisement came less that a week after the school board approved a separation of services agreement with an unnamed employee.
The board president said she could not comment on whether the separation agreement approved Sept. 19 was for former principal Sirchio.
“The Board of Education typically refrains from commenting on personnel matters,” said Steitz.
School district officials did not immediately respond to an open public records request for a copy of the separation agreement.
Sirchio was slated to get a raise of $3,200 — increasing her salary to $200,763 a year — for the new school year. When Sirchio’s raise was approved by the board of education in June, she became the highest-paid principal in the district, even though she was still on paid leave.
Officials first announced Sirchio was placed on administrative leave in April 2021, along with the middle school principal. The district did not say why the pair were placed on leave or for how long.
The news came several months after a series of staff suspensions stemming from a football hazing scandal in November 2021. But, it was unclear if the Sirchio’s paid leave was related to the hazing allegations or other issues at Wall High School related to a senior class trip.
Three unidentified coaches were suspended in the aftermath of the hazing allegations. Several high school football players charged with hazing and sex offenses related to the attacks entered into plea agreements that included prosecutors dropping the most serious charges of sexual contact.
Three school board terms are up in Wall, but no one, including incumbents, filed petitions to run by filing deadline. Write-ins expected.|Updated Thu, Aug 10, 2023 at 5:33 pm ETWALL, NJ — The Wall Township Board of Education has three terms expiring this December, but no one has filed petitions to run for the spots in the November election, according to county records.So the school board election is in sort of a wait-and-see mode, pending write-in candidates entered on Election Day, observers of the board say. Wr...
|Updated Thu, Aug 10, 2023 at 5:33 pm ET
WALL, NJ — The Wall Township Board of Education has three terms expiring this December, but no one has filed petitions to run for the spots in the November election, according to county records.
So the school board election is in sort of a wait-and-see mode, pending write-in candidates entered on Election Day, observers of the board say. Write-in candidates just need to be registered voters, they say.
According to the Monmouth County clerk of elections office at the MonmouthCountyVotes.com site, no one has filed petitions for the board positions as of the July 31 deadline. "No petition filed" was cited as of Aug. 10 for the three spots on the Wall school board on the county website.
Current members Kristen Hodnett, Christopher San Filippo and Kenneth Wondrack are all members of the board with terms ending at the end of 2023, according to the district website.
San Filippo, who will have served two terms over six years as of December, was able to be reached Thursday. He said he has many other obligations with coaching and his family. But he "fulfilled his obligation" to the board, having completed his terms, he said.
He said he hopes write-ins will step up, and said some might prefer that sort of campaign compared with collecting the many signatures needed for a petition. He said campaigns might also develop through social media sites.
The New Jersey School Boards Association, a nonpartisan organization that serves its school board membership, provided guidance on state law on the general situation in which no candidates file for office.
The NJSBA is a state-created federation of boards of education. It provides mandated governance training to the board members, its website states.
The following laws would apply, according to Thomas Parmalee, manager of communications/publications for the New Jersey School Boards Association:
The school boards association provided more explanation of the write-in process.
Regarding potential write-in candidates, Parmalee said that some write-in candidates may be known, and some others may not. There is no obligation for a write-in candidate to campaign.
"It is possible for a write-in candidate to promote they are running by writing letters to the editor, posting signs or otherwise letting citizens know they would like their name to be written in for an elected office," he said.
He said the county clerk would, as usual, have to certify the results of the election. Assuming the results are certified, and if the write in candidate(s) accept the position – and as long as they meet the statutory requirements to serve on a board of education – they would be elected to the board, he said.
In 2022, candidates filed for all the open terms, but there was no contest in the election.
Being a board member hasn't been easy here - or in many other districts with many national issues played out in Board of Education meetings.
In Wall, the district experienced controversy with a hazing incident disclosed in September and October of 2021, a matter investigated by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office. There were certain suspensions and re-instatements and realignments of administrative staff in connection to that and, separately, in connection to a senior class trip to Disneyworld, as you can see summarized in a past Patch article.
But there were accomplishments by the board, as well.
It saw a major referendum approved by voters for improvements to the district's schools. The board also filled the Wall High School principal spot with an acting principal who is an experienced administrator. (The principal is still on paid leave in the Disneyworld issue.)
The December referendum had two questions:
Question 1 proposed $53 million in bonds. This question passed by 1,915 votes to 1,039 votes, in unofficial results. This measure would fund widespread roof and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) repairs, electrical and mechanical system upgrades, and restroom modernizations. It also includes renovations to several instructional classrooms and the Wall High School auditorium.
Question 2 proposed $13.5 million in bonds. This question passed by 1,715 votes to 1,225 votes, in unofficial results. This bond will fund more specifically located HVAC, electrical, and site upgrades; window replacements; art room renovations; and upgrades to expand use of Wall High School’s athletic facilities, the district has said.
Passage of the referendum also brought in millions of state aid to the district.
You can read about the referendum in a past Patch article: Wall School Bonding Questions Are Approved In Unofficial Results.
The district also, on its website, has photos of work being done this summer as a result of the referendum on the roof of Wall High School and other projects at Allenwood School. You can read financial summaries there, too. The site does not provide a written progress report as yet.
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WALL, NJ — As the Wall Board of Education begins the search for a new Wall High School principal, details are emerging about how the principal who has been on leave since spring 2022 is being compensated.Wall High School Principal Rosaleen Sirchio has been on a paid leave since a senior class trip to Disney World in March 2022. The district has not specified the reason for the leave, and the district has not explained any details regarding the trip.Sirchio, 54, will remain on paid leave and will receive her $200,763 salar...
WALL, NJ — As the Wall Board of Education begins the search for a new Wall High School principal, details are emerging about how the principal who has been on leave since spring 2022 is being compensated.
Wall High School Principal Rosaleen Sirchio has been on a paid leave since a senior class trip to Disney World in March 2022. The district has not specified the reason for the leave, and the district has not explained any details regarding the trip.
Sirchio, 54, will remain on paid leave and will receive her $200,763 salary until the end of the calendar year, according to a separation agreement obtained by app.com through a public records request. The board will place her on a leave of absence from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2024, according to the media report, during which Sirchio will receive an additional $99,116 payment for accumulated unused sick days, personal days and floating holidays before retiring.
Board President Christine Steitz cited privacy concerns when discussing personnel matters and did not confirm details to Patch about the separation agreement.
"When representing the staff and students of the district, The Board of Education must be mindful to respect the privacy of individuals related to confidential matters and refrain from direct commentary. All members of the Wall Schools community should be secure in the knowledge that their right to privacy will be honored," Steitz said.
"In the case of any staff member’s departure, it is important to acknowledge that the Board appreciates positive contributions made to our students’ success and our best wishes for future endeavors."
Regarding the search for a new Wall High School principal, she said "At this time, the district, including parent and student representatives, is interviewing candidates to fulfill the permanent position of principal at Wall High School.
Dr. Peter Righi has been acting principal of Wall High School, while Sirchio remains on a paid leave. Righi's appointment was announced at a meeting of the Wall Township Board of Education on Oct. 18, 2022.
Superintendent Tracy Handerhan, who had worked with Righi previously, including when he was superintendent of the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School District, had also been serving as the interim principal at the high school prior to his appointment.
"The search to secure an outstanding candidate is a top priority. We are focused on the future of our high school community, while acknowledging we are building on the foundation set by previous and current staff members who have served our students with outstanding effort and pride," Steitz said.
She said "our new leader will join the district team focusing on initiatives to continually broaden the academic, social and emotional strengths of our kids as they grow into young adulthood. We hope our stakeholders will join the board and the district leadership and embrace the opportunity to support these ongoing ambitions for growth."
Sirchio's administrative leave came about after a senior class to trip to Disney World in March 2022. Sirchio's salary at that time was $194,809, according to a past Patch article.
After that trip, Erin Embom, then the Wall Intermediate School principal, was also placed on administrative leave. But in June 22, the school board approved her returning to the district as principal of the Wall Primary School, a K to 5 school, and also being its curriculum director. That move combines two positions, the former board president noted at the time. Embon's salary for the positions was $173,261.
OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — A former Wall High School student has successfully sued an ex-Wall math teacher for posting to a porn website her nude and semi-nude photos she sent to a boyfriend years before.Kaitlyn Cannon was awarded $10,000 after a civil trial in Ocean County Superior Court, her lawyer said.The jury before Judge Valter Must in Toms River in a 6-1 verdict awarded the compensatory damages against her former teacher, Christopher Doyle, who has since resigned from Wall and teaches in another district. Cannon is now 29....
OCEAN COUNTY, NJ — A former Wall High School student has successfully sued an ex-Wall math teacher for posting to a porn website her nude and semi-nude photos she sent to a boyfriend years before.
Kaitlyn Cannon was awarded $10,000 after a civil trial in Ocean County Superior Court, her lawyer said.
The jury before Judge Valter Must in Toms River in a 6-1 verdict awarded the compensatory damages against her former teacher, Christopher Doyle, who has since resigned from Wall and teaches in another district. Cannon is now 29.
And while the award was not large, one of her attorneys said it vindicated her.
"Kaitlyn will have to monitor the internet for the rest of her life. She will be in therapy the rest of her life," one of her attorneys in the case, Cali Madia, said. The lead attorney was Daniel Szalkiewicz of New York, Madia said.
The suit against Doyle, whom Madia said lived in Ocean County but has since moved to Burlington County, came about when a friend of Cannon's alerted her in 2018 that her photos were on an online porn site that uses non-consensual photos of women. Her photos were sent by phone to her now former boyfriend years before while in college, Madia said.
Her boyfriend had told her that he had lost his phone, and Madia said from texts and interaction between the two it was clear that was the case.
According to documents filed in the lawsuit, "a couple of photos depicted only Cannon's face, several others showed her exposed breasts, genitals, naked buttocks, or in only her undergarments."
The civil suit was filed in 2019, Madia said, when her attorneys were able to track Doyle's IP address from Optimum Cable, used to access the website.
"Upon learning the name of the individual who had posted her intimate images online for the world to see, Cannon realized that the person responsible was a teacher at her high school. She never sent Mr. Doyle her images, did not consent to him sharing them online," the suit said.
Also, that the images were posted "on a board devoted to images of young women associated with the Town of Wall confirms that he was aware of (Cannon's) identity when he posted the images and wanted others to know her true identity as well." the suit said.
The suit said Cannon's attorneys notified the website on March 29, 2018, that the images were posted without her consent. The images were removed on April 4, 2018, the suit noted.
Doyle's attorney, James Uliano of West Long Branch, was not immediately available to comment Thursday on the outcome of the case. But Uliano did comment to NJ.com that the jury found Doyle did not inflict emotional distress on Cannon and declined to award punitive damages.
Doyle resigned from his position in Wall when faced with the allegations, Madia said. Cannon had long since been out of the district when the posting happened.
Madia said the entire incident has changed the direction of Cannon's life.
Cannon began her career working as a television producer for an educational network, she said.
Now Cannon, who lives in another state, has become a licensed social worker, specializing in helping people who have been victimized on the internet.
"There is a dearth of resources," in that area, Madia said.
Civil law has changed too, in such cases since the case was filed.
Madia said it was "a little surprising" that punitive damages were not found against Doyle.
But as of October 2022, a new law requires juries who award compensatory damages to also award a minimum of $150,000 in punitive damages for the plaintiff, Madia said. She said juries can also award more than that to deter such activities.